Our Team

Lumosity's diverse, talented team creates cognitive games that improve core brain abilities—and empower users to live better, brighter lives. Through the Human Cognition Project, we collaborate with over 100 leading researchers, clinicians and teachers from institutions around the world.


Kunal Sarkar

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Kunal is the CEO and co-founder of Lumosity.com. Prior to founding Lumosity, Kunal co-founded the private equity fund AIMLP, which manages over $400MM in capital. The fund focuses on investments in infrastructure and natural resources. Prior to founding AIMLP, Kunal was Vice President at McCown De Leeuw and Co., a $1.2 billion private equity fund making growth equity investments. Kunal started his career in the Strategic Planning and Development group at the Walt Disney Company, where he was involved in the development of Disney's acquisition strategy and over $5 billion of M&A transactions. Kunal graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. in Economics and a certificate in Finance.


Michael Scanlon

Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder

Michael is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Lumos Labs. As one of the world's leading experts in the field of cognitive training and neuroplasticity, he created the Lumos Neuroscience Research Platform, which enables large-scale study of cognitive training in humans. Mike currently oversees research collaborations in over 150 labs at universities including Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Berkeley, Columbia, and Harvard. As a neuroscience grad student at Stanford University, Mike published research in a variety of neuroscience fields, including: the neural correlates of human cognitive processes such as memory and attention, neurogenesis due to exercise and learning in rats, and cellular plasticity in fish. Michael graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Psychology.


Dave Drescher

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

David is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Lumos Labs. He oversees all product and technology operations of Lumosity.com. David is the inventor of Lumosity's cognitive training platform and its adaptive training algorithms. He's also the game designer behind many of Lumosity.com's enjoyable games. David received a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy from Columbia University.


Krishna Kakarala

Chief Financial Officer

Krishna is the CFO of Lumos Labs. Previously, Krishna co-launched the Emerging Technology Research group at Goldman Sachs with a mandate to provide thematic research about disruptive technology trends and related pioneering start-ups. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Krishna gained valuable product management and start-up operations experience at NewRiver, a start-up later sold to Broadridge. Krishna began his career at Lazard, working initially in the Life Sciences M&A Group and later at Lazard Technology Partners, an early stage venture capital fund affiliated with Lazard. Krishna received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Philosophy with a Certificate in Applied Mathematics from Princeton University.


Joshua Duyan

Vice President of Marketing

Joshua is VP of Marketing at Lumos Labs and a member of the management team. Since joining in 2007, he has helped pioneer research into human cognitive performance, develop web and mobile products, build the leading science-based learning brand, and reach hundreds of millions of users. Joshua started his career co-founding an eCommerce wine company, RiotWine, LLC, which is now operated by Bottlenotes, Inc. Joshua graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.


Joe Hardy, PhD

Vice President of Research and Development

Dr. Joe Hardy works with an international team of researchers to uncover the secrets of cognitive enhancement and build cognitive training experiences based on the science of neuroplasticity. He has over 8 years of R&D experience in the field of cognitive training. Dr. Hardy received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and performed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He also has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley.


Faraz Farzin, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Faraz Farzin is a Research Scientist focused on developing, conducting, and managing rigorous studies evaluating the efficacy of Lumosity's training system. She has over ten years of experience studying brain development, visual perception, and cognitive psychology in both healthy and clinical populations using behavioral, eye-tracking, and neurophysiological methods. She has been awarded multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Farzin earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology and a B.S. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Stanford University. Prior to joining Lumos Labs, Dr. Farzin served as Chief Scientist of the Social Apps Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, where she helped to develop and test positive impact games for children.


Daniel Sternberg, PhD

Data Scientist

Dr. Daniel Sternberg leads the analysis of Lumosity's database of human cognitive performance. His research focuses on fundamental questions about learning and the transfer of cognitive abilities across tasks, answers to which improve the effectiveness of Lumosity's cognitive training system. He also uses the Lumosity database to uncover interesting relationships between cognitive performance and other environmental factors. Dr. Sternberg received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he employed a combination of behavioral experiments and computational models to study human learning processes.


Kacey Ballard, PhD

Product Manager

Dr. Kacey Ballard is the product manager of the Lumosity cognitive training system. With her extensive expertise in assessing individuals' learning strategies, preferences, biases, and emotional experiences, she leads initiatives to improve the efficacy of the Lumosity training system and create an engaging user experience. Dr. Ballard received her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. While at Stanford, she led an independent research program to investigate the neural mechanisms that underlie learning and decision making.


Aaron Kaluszka, PhD Candidate

Research Scientist

Aaron Kaluszka directs the development of new cognitive training games, combining expertise in neuroscience with expertise in game design drawn from past work as a game critic and archivist. He designs training tasks optimized to improve cognitive abilities using quantitative methods. Aaron is completing his joint PhD in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and UCSF. He received his Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley. While at Berkeley, he developed new analytical algorithms for electrophysiological experiments involving sensory processing and plasticity.


Nicole Ng

Research Associate

Nicole Ng leads Lumosity's Education Access Program (LEAP), which investigates the effects of cognitive training in various learning environments through collaborations with educators and researchers worldwide. Drawing on her experiences in teaching, coaching, and research, Nicole bridges a historical gap between educators in the classroom and scientists studying important questions about cognitive abilities and how we learn. Through these efforts, she uncovers insights about novel methods for enhancing learning abilities in students. Nicole earned her B.A. in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience from Princeton University, where she spent some time measuring the effects of exercise on neuroplasticity in mice.